Hurricane Irma Resources

**Our NAMI Florida Annual Conference & Meeting will still take place Sept. 22 and 23 in Orlando. Please see registration information below.**

Many of you are returning home after evacuating from Hurricane Irma. You may lack electricity. Perhaps you're engaged in clean-up efforts.

The stress of the last few days -- and the days still to come -- can take a toll on our mental health. Individuals with a mental illness diagnosis can be especially vulnerable right now. NAMI is here to help.

Please check with your local NAMI to see if they are operational at this time (click on "NAMI Affiliates" above).

Here are some resources:

  • NAMI Helpline: This is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., ET. The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
  • Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
  • Please reach out to your friends and neighbors, we are all in this together

For information on shelters, evacuations, fuel, price gouging complaints and other information about disaster preparedness in Florida, please visit www.floridadisaster.org

As a leading voice in the mental health community, NAMI is looking to share the stories of those impacted by the recent natural disasters. If you need assistance, please call national NAMI at 703-516-7230 or email media@nami.org.

The Stigma Free Florida campaign is a partnership between NAMI Florida, the state’s largest grassroots organization for individuals and families facing mental health challenges, and the HR Florida State Council, an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management.

The mission of Stigma Free Florida is to change attitudes within workplaces regarding mental health and individuals with mental illness. This campaign targets leaders of businesses and organizations who are decision-makers and can influence the workplace culture.

Click here to learn more

What is NAMI Florida?

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Florida is the state organization.

We have 27 local affiliates in Florida with volunteers who work to raise awareness and provide support and education.

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work.

NAMI Florida Annual Meeting and Conference

NAMI Florida's 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference will explore the top issues of our times – recognition and treatment of early psychosis, the alarming numbers of suicides and PTSD among veterans, a shocking rise in the number of Florida’s children being Baker Acted, and more.

View Friday's agenda here

View Saturday's agenda here

We’re offering a day of presentations geared specifically toward businesses – the impact of mental illness in the workplace, how to provide accommodations for employees with mental illness, how corporations are responding, and hiring incentives for veterans.

We’re offering a special Mental Health First Aid training as well as a party to celebrate NAMI Florida’s 30th birthday. Please join us Sept. 22-23 at the B Resort in Lake Buena Vista.

Conference registration is available here.

​NAMI Florida has a block of rooms available through Sept. 1 for $119 plus tax each night. The resort fee is waived and parking is only $5. ​ ​Book your room now by clicking here. ​

Join us at the B Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista for NAMI Florida's conference, meeting and birthday party. Block rooms are available here.

Blueberry Horseshoe 5k

Thanks to those individuals, businesses and NAMI members who participated in our annual fundraiser, the Blueberry Horseshoe 5k on Feb. 19.

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